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Comment: Backward compatibility at all cost? (Score 1) 427

by eminencja (#47673515) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

1) You said on multiple occasions that backwards compatibility is an important feature of C++. That feature comes at a cost, however (e.g. in language size and complexity). Do you think that at some point the cost of backward compatibility will outweigh the benefits? To put this in a context - several recent languages try to go into the system programming domain (D, Rust, Go). All quote dissatisfaction with C++ as (one of) the primary motivations (primary reasons being language complexity, poor support for parallelism, and long compile times). Can we hope the committee will be more aggressive in obsoleting old/broken features?

2) When will size_t be replaced by a signed type?

3) Your take on increased throughput of the committee and planed standardisation of many new libraries (graphics, asio, fs, etc.)

Comment: Re:A new programming language (Score 1) 411

by eminencja (#47149467) Attached to: Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite
Looks somewhat similar to JavaScript/TypeScript. They took parens out of conditionals (so you say if condition {} ). Plus is still used for concatenation and addition. (Maybe that's not a problem, unlike in JavaScript.) Wonder if they will support Swift in Safari (with possible JavaScript generation for non-Apple browsers)

Comment: Re:Opera CEO is a sales guy! (Score 1) 314

by eminencja (#42889563) Attached to: Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine
> Why would it kill morale?

Please, rendering technology was the heart of the browser and now it's been flushed down the toilet.

> How will Opera deteriorate by using the most popular browser engine?

How will it innovate? How will it differentiate? By creating a different set of icons on the toolbar? Look at Dell (basically sticking their logo on sb's else hardware) vs Apple which actually innovated and designed stuff. What Dell did made sense in the short run (they were able to increase their profit margins), but in the long run without innovation and technology you lose.

Comment: Opera CEO is a sales guy! (Score 1) 314

by eminencja (#42888399) Attached to: Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine
The former CEO was a visionary that created the company and founded it on technical excellence. The current CEO is a sales guy. Killing Presto is said.
1) This will kill the crew morale; most of the dev's will quit.
2) Opera may continue to grow for a bit; just like Dell did when it started to outsource more and more manufacturing, and then design to asian companies. (One of those companies is now known as Asus). But it the long run, having no technology, it will deteriorate.

Comment: Wishful thinking (Score 1) 465

by eminencja (#42493823) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

I skimmed the article and it looks like a wishful thinking of the publishers who see the writing on the wall.

The Association of American Publishers recently reported that annual growth in adult e-book sales dropped to 34 percent during the first half of 2012

So e-books are still growing and growing fast (34%!). The fact that an e-book costs as much as a paper one, has a DRM, and a delivery fee(!) is a disgrace but just imagine what will happen once those get fixed.

Comment: Emperor's New Clothes anyone? (Score 1) 205

by eminencja (#39784655) Attached to: Startup Claims C-code To SoC In 8-16 Weeks

I've been hearing that kind of crap for more than 10 years now and have known several startups that claimed exactly that.

Some would claim they had some cool software and you would start thinking, "oh my, how did they do it? that's truly incredible. This might be worth even more than the 200ooo$ they charge for it". The truth was that the price tag was that high so that noone could buy the software (because it was not ready yet; and in fact never materialized).

Some companies had some technology, e.g. Celoxica that did Handle-C (C variant) synthesis to FPGA. They had large offices, their employees drew BMW's but finally the bubble burst; they moved to a more modest location; and then finally sold the C synthesis business to Catalytic, a company that claimed they could synthesize MATLAB to FPGA (haha); and finally all that crap was acquired for 80(?)k $ by Mentor Graphics.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.